10-week courses

Freshen up technical skills and revive your creativity in the studios this Spring for 3 hours a week. TSA has a range of offerings for all skill levels in our 10-week courses.
3D Anatomy/Figure Sculpture

This course is an in-depth study of artistic anatomy through clay sculpting. We will be working from a live model, skeleton, anatomical models and charts. Old master drawings and sculptures will also be introduced. Students will learn how to see beyond the skin surfa...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
8-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: Previous experience sculpting with clay is recommended but not a must.
Acrylic Painting Incubator

A studio class provides an opportunity for students to focus on developing a personal voice, understanding and capitalizing on their inherent visual tendencies, comprehending the process of completing a coherent body of work and developing the confidence to see an idea through...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: Basic Prerequisite: Tina Poplawski’s Fundamental Acrylics and Contemporary Abstraction or an intermediate level of understanding in acrylic paint and mediums.
Animal and Imaginary Sculpture

Students will learn how to go from a concept design or conceptual vision to the creation of a finished sculpture. The subject matter will range from animal sculpture to imaginary figurative sculpture. Various sculpting styles will be considered going from realistic to loose an...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
8-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: This course accommodates both beginner and advanced students. Figure sculpture experience is recommended but not essential.
Botanical Drawing at Allan Gardens

This course allows both the novice and non-beginner to practice drawing skills related to botanical subjects. Taken in advance or as a compliment to watercolour painting, this course provides opportunities for intimate and sustained examination of flowering plants as well...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: No Class on May 18, 2020 (Victoria Day).
Ceramic Elements

Students will be taught the fundamentals of handbuilding and basics of wheel throwing to create basic cylinders and bowl shapes as well as trimming techniques for these forms. Each class will include a demonstration of a new throwing and handbuilding technique. Glazing will be...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: $45 materials fee includes a bag of Cone 6 Stoneware clay (20lbs), all firings, use of glazes and tools on-site. Additional bags of clay are available for purchase at TSA (Note: all clay used at TSA must be purchased from TSA).
Ceramics: Learn to Throw!

Potter and teacher Raymond Chau will teach a course focused on throwing on the potter's wheel. This is a mixed level course for students at any level of experience. Learn and build skills in throwing, trimming technique, surface decoration and glazing. ...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
6-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: $45 materials fee includes a bag of Cone 6 stonewear clay (20lbs), all firings, use of glazes and tools on site. Additonal bags of clay are available for purchase at TSA (note: all clay used at TSA, must be purchased from TSA)
Ceramics: Throwing Fundamentals

This course will focus on the basic techniques of throwing on the potter's wheel. Students will learn the techniques to create basic shapes and functional designs on the wheel. Learn how make cups, bowls, vases and other simple forms. For those with a little more expe...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: $45 materials fee includes a bag of Cone 6 stoneware clay (20lbs), all firings, use of glazes and tools on site. Additonal bags of clay are available for purchase at TSA (note: all clay used at TSA, must be purchased from TSA)
Ceramics: Throwing on the Potter's Wheel

This class is designed to introduce students to throwing with clay on the pottery wheel. Students will be able to make a number of pieces that can be functional or decorative. A basic understanding of the ceramic process will be covered, from wedging to firing. Skills that wil...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: The $45 materials fee includes a bag of Cone 6 stoneware clay (20 lbs.), all firings, use of glazes and tools on site. Additional bags of clay are available for purchase at TSA (note: all clay used at TSA, must be purchased from TSA).
Cityscape Painting

In this course, students will look at a variety of historic and contemporary approaches to cityscape painting in order to create interesting and dynamic paintings of their own. As a class we will explore some of the city, create sketches and take photographs. Students will the...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: No Class on May 18, 2020 (Victoria Day).
Colour Mixing

Based in colour theory and the primary colour palette, this hands-on course focuses on developing proficient and accurate colour mixing. Through structured exercises and practice, students will develop their ability to make intuitive choices regarding saturation, temperature a...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
10-week courses
8-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: This is an introductory level course that is suitable for painters who want to build their colour language skills.
Creating Acrylic Skins

An acrylic “skin” is a dry film that can be made of acrylic paint or acrylic medium that is not attached to any surface. Fluid acrylics work well because the consistency allows for easy pouring and spreading. Skins can then be glued down flat with a medium or gel. ...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
10-week courses

Digital Drawing and Painting with Corel Painter

This course is designed to suit the needs of Fine Art students who wish to create digital drawings and paintings using a computer. Corel Painter has many unique digital brushes and textures that mirror the look and feel of their traditional counterparts. In-depth tutorials wil...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Pre-requisite and/or advisory skills: Basic knowledge of Mac computers or Microsoft Windows as well as Photoshop, basic drawing and painting skills and a desire to develop personal works of art using digital tools.
Digital Sculpting with ZBrush 1

ZBrush is the leading digital sculpting software in the industry. ZBrush feels very much like traditional sculpting and allows for limitless creativity. This course is geared towards beginner and intermediate students who wish to gain a solid foundation in digital sculpting. B...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
6-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses

Drawing as a Contemporary Practice

This course is designed to give students a better idea of a wide spectrum of the possibilities of contemporary drawing. What are artists doing with drawing today? Projects are geared towards expanding students’ notions of drawing, both technically and conceptually. Tradi...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses
12-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
9-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: Students should have some experience in drawing or have taken coursework in Beginner and/or Intermediate Drawing, Mixed Media.
Drips, Pours and Puddles: Acrylic Explorations

The defining characteristic of fluid painting techniques is to collaborate with gravity, directing the paint across the surface of the canvas or wood panel, orchestrating its tendency to pool, to drip and to spatter, inviting the painting to almost paint itself, and embracing ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
1-week Intensives
8-week courses
1-week Intensives
10-week courses

NOTES: Suitable for all levels of painters.
Experimental Drawing

This course is a continuation of the Winter 2020 Term of Experimental Drawing and welcomes current and new students to further explore the possibilities of drawing. This drawing course addresses a combination of traditional and non-traditional techniques with various...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses
6-week courses
10-week courses

Explorations in Figure Studies

This course is intended for students wishing to develop their figure drawing beyond simple representation. Using a variety of media, students will learn to take chances and create lively and thought-provoking works. Consideration will also be given to different ways of reactin...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
9-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: The class will work from nude or costumed models.  The poses will range in length from gestures to 3 hours. It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing and/or figure drawing experience.
Expressive Paint Handling

Expressive paint-handling is one of the most important qualities of a good work of art. Neglecting the improvement of your brush skills will always hold back your painting progress.  The terms “expressive” or “gestural” are used to describe a metho...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
6-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: This is an acrylics painting course - demos will be done with acrylics.
Figure Concepts

This course is designed specifically for experienced or upper-level students who wish to focus on conceptual development of their figurative work. Students will become aware of the idea of “the subject” when working with the figure. Historical and contemporary them...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
9-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: Students are expected to have a solid foundation of figure painting skills. It is recommended that students have taken coursework in basic painting, life drawing and/or life painting, and image development, or equivalent.
Figure Sculpture: Portrait and Facial Expressions

This figure sculpture course will be focusing on portrait and facial expressions working from the life model and using a step-by-step classical approach. This course is for those who wish to gain a stronger understanding of human head proportions, structure, expressions and an...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Suitable for all levels of experience.
Fluid Acrylic Painting

This course will focus on the use of GOLDEN or TRI-ART Fluid Acrylics to achieve stained, poured and flowing effects. We will incorporate the use of a variety of substrates such as Absorbent Ground, Light Molding Paste, and Fibre Paste. We will also utilize some of the many ex...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses

Fundamental Ceramics

Learn techniques for handbuilding and throwing on the potter's wheel. Beginners and those with some clay experience will become acquainted with handbuilding techniques such as pinch pots, coiling, soft and hard slabs building, additive and reductive decoration techniq...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: $45 materials fee includes a bag of Cone 6 stoneware clay (20lbs), all firings, use of glazes and tools on-site. Additional bags of clay are available for purchase at TSA (Note: all clay used at TSA must be purchased from TSA)
Fundamental Ceramics 2

Practice and advance your techniques for handbuilding and throwing on the potter's wheel. This course is designed as a follow-up to an introductory level ceramics experience. Develop handbuilding techniques building on the basics of coiling, soft and hard slabs buildi...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: For throwing students a basic knowledge of working on the wheel including 'centering' skills is required.
Fundamental Ceramics - Friday Nights

Suitable for absolute beginners to intermediate level makers. 

Learn how to create with clay or expand your skills. Through instruction and exploration of hand building methods such as pinch pots, coiling, slab building and wheel throwing techniques, you wi...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: $45 materials fee includes a bag of Cone 6 stoneware clay (20lbs), all firings, use of glazes and tools on site.  Additional bags of clay are available for purchase at TSA (note: all clay used at TSA, must be purchased from TSA)
Illustrator/Photoshop

This introductory level course focuses on Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, the industry standard software programs used by artists and designers alike. All aspects of Illustrator will be introduced, and students will learn how to create vector illustrations, edit and impo...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: This course uses Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Students should have basic knowledge of Mac computers and Mac OS 10.x or experience with Microsoft Windows. Basic knowledge of Photoshop is also recommended.
Intermediate Ceramics

This class is designed for people who have had a little bit of experience with clay and want to develop their skills. Hand-building and throwing techniques will be covered, including demonstrations on how to make larger vessels, vases and plates. Students will learn how to mak...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: The $45 materials fee includes a bag of Cone 6 stonewear clay (20lbs), all firings, use of glazes and tools on site. Additional bags of clay are available for purchase at TSA (note: all clay used at TSA, must be purchased from TSA).
Intermediate Life Drawing

This course is designed to help students build confidence and sensitivity in their depictions of the human form. Beginning with review of the fundamentals of figure drawing, the course will move towards increasingly long poses. Students will be encouraged to work large, a...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken the Introduction to Life Drawing course or have equivalent and recent life drawing instruction. This course covers studies in the human figure; a nude model will be used.
Introduction to Drawing

This course is the best way to begin your artistic journey! Through in-class exercises and demonstrations, students will explore observational drawing, learning how to see, how to translate light and shade, positive and negative space, capture gestures using line, volume,...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
6-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
6-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
6-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
5-week courses
10-week courses
5-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: No experience necessary. An element of this course includes studies in the human figure; a nude model will be used.
Introduction to Life Drawing

This course emphasizes basic drawing skills in gesture, contour, and tone. It is designed to teach students the skills necessary to render the figure in three dimensions, in both wet and dry media. Instruction in surface anatomy and proportion is included. Class sessions will ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
6-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course or equivalent. A nude model will be used in this course.
Introduction to Painting

This course teaches foundation skills in the technical manipulation of paint, as well as in colour, structure, and content. The importance of direct visual observation and the creation of space and light illusion will be stressed. The instructor will also show how the same pro...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
12-week courses
8-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience.
Introduction to Painting (SP20)

This course is process based.  Students will produce a series of painting that investigate the fundamental components of visual language, such as: ways of seeing, values, colour and composition, spatial relationships, underlying structure and layering, surface qualities.&...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience.
Introduction to Portrait Drawing

This course provides students with a foundation of drawing skills, initially using black and white drawing media and later some colour media, such as soft pastels. During the first part of the course, learning the "landscape" of the human head and face is the fo...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience. Spring Term 2020: NO CLASS ON MAY 18 (Victoria Day)
Life Drawing 2: The Body, Clothing, and Costume

This ten-week course will focus on drapery and clothing on the human form. Beginning with a review of key principles of figure drawing (gesture, mass) with nude models, the course will look at how fabric behaves on the human form. Key types of folds will be reviewed, and model...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
8-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: While the majority of the course will be drawing people dressed, there will be some use of nude models as well.
Life Drawing: Short Poses

This course covers the essentials of life drawing in a dynamic format of expressive poses. It is ideal for beginners wanting to establish good technique in proportion, structure and movement and for the aspiring animator. Poses are up to 20 minutes long. It is designed to...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or equivalent.
NEW Culinary Ceramics

Explore the junction of culinary form and function in clay. 

Wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques will be explored to create mugs, dishes, bowls, serving plates, specialty pieces such as casseroles, steamers, double walled forms, large bowls and more....


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
7- weeks courses

NOTES: $45 materials fee includes a bag of Cone 5/6 stoneware clay (20lbs), all firings, use of glazes and tools on site. Additional bags of clay are available for purchase at TSA (note: all clay used at TSA, must be purchased from TSA)
NEW Youth Art Studio: Sketching & Drawing- Museum & Gallery Hop (13-17)

This course is geared towards teenagers from 13 to 17 years. We will be visiting art galleries and museums as well as outdoor public art in Toronto, exploring various art historical and contemporary sculpture and installations through drawing and sketching, journaling, collagi...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Sites include the AGO, ROM, Historical Distillery District, Harbourfront Galleries and Power Plant Gallery, Downtown Public art in and around buildings and more. Public transportation will be used for all field trips - please bring TTC fare.
Painting 1 and 2

This is an ongoing, mixed-level studio course with an emphasis on development and expansion of visual language skills. Students are encouraged to work on structured exercises that lead to developing individual projects. We will explore fundamental painterly concerns such as li...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience. Medium: Acrylic or oil paint. Safflower oil or Walnut oil will be used for demos in this course. Please notify the office or instructor if you are allergic to walnuts.
Painting Portraits

Working directly from the model, students will learn the fundamentals of portrait painting, with the goal of achieving strong likeness and evoking the expression and character of the sitter. Technical focus will be on anatomy, proportion, value, colour, shape, form and edges. ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

Painting Trees

Trees is a subject many artists have painted throughout history. Its beauty, majesty and symbolism continues to be relevant for many contemporary artists. The likes of John Constable, Emily Carr, Georg Baselitz, and Kim Dorland have reflected on its symbolism and potential for...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: Students should bring the following for the first day of class: - pad of newsprint - vine or willow charcoal sticks - kneaded eraser, plastic eraser - Digital Camera or smartphone
Sketching in a Blink

This course opens up the world of journal sketching and drawing. Students will sketch shifting subjects in busy environments – e.g. the fleeting images of a movie, moving objects like animals, cars and people in public spaces, or in a moving streetcar or while walking. T...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Field trips will form a large part of this course; students will be responsible for their own transportation and some associated costs.  The course content may change depending on the weather conditions, faculty and class decisions. You will be notified of any changes.
Structural Drawing

Examine the “building blocks” of the complex world around you. Intended for novice-but-committed or intermediate-level students, this 8-week course is more analytical than expressive in its approach. The focus is on rendering a convincing depiction of three-dimensi...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience.
Studio Painting 2 and 3

Studio Painting 2 and 3 will introduce large-scale painting approaches to works greater than 20" x 24".

Approaches to painting in both oils and acrylics will be discussed and demonstrations will be done by the instructor in acrylic. Emphasis will be on deve...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting or Beyond Basic Painting course, or equivalent. Painting demos will be done with acrylics, and the respective oil mediums will be discussed.
The Painters' Studio

This course focuses on expanding the student’s ability to work independently and creatively, with the support and mentorship of the instructor. Students can work with images or abstractions; this will be addressed on a one-on-one basis with the instructor. The course wil...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
10-week courses
12-week courses
6-week courses
12-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting course, or have some painting experience. Any demos will be done in acrylics. All paint mediums allowed; students can use either acrylics or oils. Oil painters are encouraged to engage in a safe studio practice using contemporary non-toxic oil mediums.
Watercolour 1 and 2

This course will provide a fundamental approach to watercolour, for both the beginner and advanced student, with an emphasis on transparency, colour mixing, brushworks, washes and illumination while being true to the John Singer Sargent approach to the medium. Studen...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: This class will incorporate and accommodate various skill levels. Returning students are welcome.
Watercolour Woodblock Printmaking

This is a comprehensive course exploring relief printmaking techniques on wood, using watercolour and Yamamoto Rice paste. During the course, students will learn how to register their images on the blocks, cut their images into the blocks, prepare paper for printing, and print...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Please come with ideas for projects.
Youth Art Studio (Ages 11-13)

923 Youth Studio is a visual art course designed for 11-13 year olds. Through drawing, painting, printing, collage, and 3-dimensional work, students will be introduced to various techniques and media in order to develop their own artistic language and expression. This includes...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: Students will draw from a life model; model will wear athletic attire.
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